An Invitation from Bill Karp

Science & Research Director
NOAA/NMFS/Northeast Fisheries Science Center

I am writing to let you know about our upcoming review of science programs at the NEFSC that support protected species conservation and management in the Northeast. The species involved include whales, small cetaceans, seals, and sea turtles, as well as fish populations that fall under provisions of the federal Endangered Species Act. The review meeting will take place in Woods Hole, MA, April 13-16, 2015. 

Similar reviews are being carried out at each of the NMFS regional science centers this year as part of an ongoing process to routinely evaluate our science enterprise.  The 2016 program reviews will focus on another area of our work, science to support ecosystem-based approaches to management, climate, and habitat.

A team of experts will conduct the upcoming peer review.  The reviewers will evaluate the quality, relevance, and performance of science and research conducted and provide advice on planning future science and research.  Opportunities for input by members of the public will be provided each day.

Information on the meeting and how to participate, background documents, a list of panelists, the agenda, and presentations prepared for the review, and final reports will be available on this website.

The science conducted by the Northeast Fisheries Science Center is essential to the conservation and management of these vulnerable marine species.  I expect this review will highlight some of our strengths but also identify areas where improvement is merited, and help us to chart a course to advance our work.  I consider peer reviews to be necessary steps in evaluating our science and in the process of change as we adapt to new challenges and new ideas.  I encourage and welcome your attendance at our upcoming review.